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What they had to say: Sharks vs Highlanders, Week 12

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 May 2015 at 09:36
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Hi Sharks fans. What a sad defeat. I’d rather not say anything than say something negative, so let’s get straight into the comments from the press:

South Africa:

“The Highlanders demolished the Sharks 48-15 on Friday with a dominant seven-try performance that gives their play-off chances a huge boost. Buoyed by the return of All Black trio Ben Smith, Malakai Fekitoa and Aaron Smith, the Highlanders’ slick passing game saw them run away with the game in the second half.” –

“The Sharks were left with more questions than answers, after they opened their Australasian tour with a bitterly disappointing 15-48 loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday. The Highlanders demolished the Sharks by employing a high-tempo passing game and outscoring them by seven tries to two.” –

“There has been a lot of talk from the coaching staff about the team wanting to fight to the bitter end but that end may have already arrived on Friday in Dunedin for a Cell C Sharks team that effectively saw their Vodacom Super Rugby challenge extinguished with a 48-15 defeat to the Highlanders. Probably the best thing that can be said about the Sharks after this game is that they somehow didn’t avoid a repeat of the Easter Saturday humiliation at the hands of the Crusaders by conceding a half century of points. But it was only just, with a conversion kick from replacement fullback Marty Banks missing by millimetres towards the end of the game and thus sparing the Sharks that embarrassment. But embarrassing it was, with the Highlanders scoring seven tries to emphatically put to bed any theory that the Sharks’ defensive game has hit an upward trend since the loss to the Crusaders. They were better against South African opposition, but when it comes to playing against New Zealand teams, here are the statistics from the last two games against Kiwi opposition – 15 tries conceded in 80 minutes of rugby.” –

“f the Sharks harboured any hopes of a play-off place, they were well and truly extinguished in Dunedin. However, it was the manner of the defeat – their seventh of the season – that will be of the biggest concern for those involved with the Durban-based franchise. The lack of urgency was astounding and doesn’t bode well for the rest of the Australasian tour, which heads to Wellington for a match against the log-leading Hurricanes and a former coach next weekend.” –

New Zealand:

“The return of Ben Smith, Malakai Fekitoa and Aaron Smith to the Highlanders sparked the Otago side to life as they dismantled the Sharks with ease in their Super Rugby clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight winning 48-15.” –

“The Highlanders will head to South Africa on a high after dismissing the Sharks 48-15 in Dunedin. It was another superb display of clever, counter-attacking rugby from the Highlanders, who ran the struggling Durban franchise around and then off the park.” –


“AARON Smith was at his sparkling best as the Highlanders outclassed the Sharks 48-15 in a record-breaking Super Rugby win in Dunedin.” –


“This season is beginning to look like an absolute disaster for the Sharks, who were embarrassed in Dunedin on Friday. It’s easy to see where it went wrong for them, as they missed a barely believable 29 tackles. The chief culprit was Andre Esteruizen who missed eight all on his own. He’s still only 21 so it would be wrong to give up on him, but he’ll need to tighten up that part of his game. He passing – or lack of it – wasn’t great either.” –

“The Highlanders battled to convert their dominance into points during the opening quarter. This was largely to the Sharks’ defensive effort early on but as the game progressed, the hosts’ stepped up several gears and they eventually outscored their visitors by seven tries to two. The Durban-based outfit battled to settle and after repelling several attacking efforts from the kick-off, Gareth Evans got over for the game’s opening try in the fifth minute.” –

“The Highlanders have bounced back from last week’s disappointing showing against the Brumbies in style, recording a thumping victory over the struggling Sharks in Dunedin. The hosts piled on seven tries in easily their finest attacking effort of the season, the 48-15 result ensuring they keep pace with the in-form Hurricanes and Chiefs in a tight New Zealand conference. The win was especially important for the Highlanders as they have just one more game at home this season, a potentially vital local derby with the Chiefs in Invercargill in Round 16.” –

“The Sharks began the second half strongly but had little to show for their efforts. Inside the first five minutes of the restart, both Bismarck du Plessis and Stephan Lewies were held up in the tackle after crossing the Highlanders’ tryline. Those setbacks seemed to have an adverse effect on the visitors and the Highlanders soon secured their try-scoring bonus point in bizarre fashion.” –


“#SharksvHighlanders #SuperRugby #SSRugby annihilation “

“#SharksRugby needs new emblem …. Shall #sardines do?”

“@Etiennefdt @sporty1chris @loodvschalkwyk Daars groot fout met Sharks rugby en ek dink dit begin by John Smit en Gary Gold”

“Once apon-a-time in a galaxy far far away there was a Sharks rugby team that played very good rugby……..”


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